I remember once that I was talking with a young woman about tea. She was very particular about her tea, it had to be a specific brand of black tea with a specific brand of honey. To make it, she would pour boiling water over the tea bag into a mug and let it steep for exactly 4 minutes and 30 seconds at which point she would wring the bag out and add precisely 2 teaspoons of honey. After watching her do this one day I say “clearly you are a woman who loves her comforts.” She looked at me and my mug of plain green tea with nothing added and said “and clearly you are a very simple person.”
Now she didn’t mean it in any kind of demeaning way, only that I was not a difficult person to understand.
Looking back on it, I realize that isn’t the point at all. Regardless of whether or not I am a simple person, I love simplicity. I love things when they are straightforward and clear. I love being able to look at something on the outside and know that there is nothing hidden deep on the inside. Now simplicity is sometimes hard to find and in a world that is consumed by knowledge and every more complicated interactions, simplicity should be all the more valued.
In Christianity we tend to fall into the trap of making things complicated. We are saved by faith through grace, but then we ask how do we determine faith? Well, one might answer, look at the fruit. What’s the fruit? Works. All of a sudden we’ve fallen into a works based theology which is really complicated (just read Leviticus). We argue about orthodoxy, the nature of Christ, the process of creation, Spiritual warfare and on and on and on.
Now all of these are very good and worthy subjects in their own rights, but let’s be honest for a second here. The cross is simple. Mercy is simple. Salvation is simple.
“For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.”
Do you get that? Get right down to the very basics here and realize that God loves you. There’s no need to measure his love, or understand it, only accept it.
Because God loves you, he made sure you could live with him for all eternity in paradise.
Jesus died so that we could face our Father without shame or guilt and live in the presence of that love.
Salvation: The Father loves you and forgives you for messing up before. Do you accept his love and forgiveness?